My names Shawna and im a trans-fem woman currently living in Glasgow.
Having created a go fund me around 10 months ago allowed me to cover the funds needed to start treatment and receive HRT. At last, I was able to begin my journey thanks to the beautiful people in my community. I’ve now been on HRT for 3 months, as I progress there is significantly more costs to cover, my bloods, further medication and routine check ups.
i was working full time, however I’ve just started studying full time training to be a teacher, so am working a lot less hours to be able to continue to support myself on my transition, while it’s something I’m working out at the moment I’m still in a really tricky situation. I registered with the NHS in 2019 and with the rising waitlist times for an initial appointment i have no idea when I will be seen by them.
Being able to finally start hormones after knowing it was something I needed for so long has been an absolutely wonderful thing and again, I am incredibly grateful for my community. The thought of losing my medication makes me extremely anxious and worried as I am not able to afford the costs from my own income at this present time.Trans healthcare is increasingly hard to access for working class young people and I find myself in a situation which many trans people I know have also been in due to the lack of care.
Additionally I am being evicted from my flat due to my landlord moving a family member in, I have until late January to find elsewhere but this could be sooner given the uncertainty of my landlords behaviour which has been previously exhibited, I’m in the process of trying to get a second job but have so far been unsuccessful in doing so. Furthermore, recent statistics showed 1 in 3 U.K. employers would not hire a transgender individual, and only 8% of employers seem to think we deserve the same rights to be hired as everyone else.
I have created this go fund me to support further treatment and the majority of this will go towards healthcare, meaning I can continue with HRT and revive laser hair treatment on my face, a small amount will be used to help out with my current living situation which goes hand in hand with being able to access HRT to allow me to survive.
I absolutely understand that right now it’s such a tough time for everyone out there but any donations or shares would mean the absolute world to me and allow me to continue living my truth.
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you so so much for reading and taking the time to listen, lost of love, Shawna xxx